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In the summer 2012 season, Israel Outdoors sent 105 Taglit - Birthright Israel groups to Israel.
Taglit has brought over 350,000 young adults to Israel from around the world.
Taglit is open to young Jews (even those with one Jewish parent) who are between the ages of 18 and 26 and have not been on a peer trip to Israel.
Participants on Taglit are encouraged to explore new ways of Jewish engagement in an open, non-judgmental setting (Kelner, 2010).
Creating a sense of community on a Taglit bus may explain how the Taglit trip increases feelings of klal Yisrael that may lead to greater Jewish engagement.
This is especially important to Taglit, as it is the hope that participants will return committed to the Jewish community but also to the larger community around them (Saxe & Chazan, 2008).
What kind of local Jewish community does the Taglit-Birthright tour envision or hypothesize their alumni will be part of, given that all the tours are organized through the centralized agency of the Taglit foundation?
There is, however, an important distinction in the expansion: While currently the State of Israel funds one-third of each Taglit participant's trip, second-timers' trips will be purely donor funded.
In a press release, Bennett praised Taglit as "a leader in strengthening Jewish identity among young people in the Diaspora and building ties with the State of Israel.
Increased French participation in Taglit is seen as a way to bolster French youths' confidence in the face of growing anti-Semitism in the country.
Saxe's pride is evident as he says, "As long as Taglit continues as it has in the past five to seven years, in the next 10 years we will see a big difference.
We don't see Taglit participants as a hasbara tool for the Foreign Ministry of Israel.